US President Donald Trump campaigned with a pledge to build a ‘big beautiful’ wall between the US and Mexico. That pledge resonated with voters and helped him win the election.
Since then, Trump’s done everything but pull a rabbit from his hat to make it happen.
However, Trump and Congress remain embroiled in a feud over his proposed US–Mexico border wall. And now they have four days to reach a deal, before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without pay.
Four days until the biggest promise Trump projected will come to a deciding head.
The deciding days of Trump’s beloved wall
According to RAW, President Trump has demanded US$5 billion (AU$7 billion) as a down payment for the construction of the wall — which he argued to his passionate voters that was the only effective way to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the US.
But the problem lies in the logistics — and both Democrats and some Republicans argue that there are less costly, more effective ways to handle border control.
Although, Trump is quick to convince otherwise.
He posted on Twitter on Monday,
‘Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Border Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line!’
‘Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control.’
He’s been adamant from the beginning that the money was an essential part of benefiting the US. And it’s a fraction of the estimated US$450 billion that congress was originally set to approve.
Trump prepared to shut down the government
However, this was all before the latest battle for the wall that unfolded, very publicly, last Tuesday.
‘I am proud to shut down the government for border security,’ Trump told House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the White House Oval Office.
But since then, a senior House Republican aide said the party was ‘in a pickle’ over how to keep the government open.
The thing is, if that money were to be handed out to build Trump’s magnificent wall, it would mean that many other agencies would run out of money by Friday. One of which, is the widely popular space program NASA, as well as national parks, the US diplomatic corps and agriculture programs.
Other agencies left out in the cold
The most critical sectors of the government are already funded through to next September, including military and the agencies that fund public healthcare, education and veteran’s programs.
The aide noted that the Republicans, who will control both houses of Congress until 3 January next year, are unlikely to muster the minimum 218 votes needed to pass the necessary funding bill if it contains Trump’s demand for border wall money.
It shouldn’t come as a stretch, nor a surprise, that Trump is battling to deliver on the promise he made back in 2016. And he’s adamant that he will find the cash to fund his beloved wall, no matter who gets in the way.
What comes next in the following four days will be one of the biggest tellers of Trump’s career.
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